Reading at Clackamas College May 27

Rook Hall at CCC

Rook Hall at CCC

The great writer and publisher Trevor Dodge is having me  read at Clackamas Community College just outside of Portland at the Literary Arts Center (Rook 220) at 8 pm on May 27th. The event is free and open to the public and all etc.

I’ll be reading new stories and some stories from The End is the Beginning. If you are around, it would be great to see you.

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4 Responses to Reading at Clackamas College May 27

  1. eshigginson June 3, 2009 at 10:27 pm #

    This may be a little late, since it is now in fact a week since you visited our class, but I wanted to thank you for coming. I took your advice to look into wordpress, and now I completely understand why. Not only the vast community (I had no idea just how vast until I signed up) but also all the options it gives a writer.
    What you were able to relate to our class about self publishing was invaluable, and I truly enjoyed the work you presented to us. Count me as one of the many who will be looking forward to reading both the old works and what you will share with us in the future.
    -E.Higginson

  2. mattbriggs June 4, 2009 at 7:45 am #

    Thanks. It was a pleasure talking to you all and please let me know your URL when you start posting stuff.

  3. eshigginson June 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm #

    I’m at eshigginson.wordpress.com

    So far I have a couple semi-polished chapters from the high fantasy story I’ve had in the works and the beginnings of the mythos for my realm. I appreciate any critiques I can get.

  4. mattbriggs June 13, 2009 at 8:07 am #

    Hi, here is the hyperlink as an active link:
    http://eshigginson.wordpress.com

    I played Dungeons and Dragons for way too long as as a teenager. Actually Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. The first “novel” I wrote was called The Madness from the Sea which was a retelling of a campaign. I think it worked out okay. In terms of style though I was less influenced by Tolkien and fantasy writers like Terry Brooks and David Eddings, although I liked Terry Brooks then, and more into the hormonal-lit of writers like Robert E. Howard, Frietz Leiber, and HP Lovecraft. I also read a study diet of science fiction like Larry Niven and Issac Asmiov. These things found their way into the role playing games and then ended up in this “novel” I wrote. It was 16,000 words. It seemed to an immense thing to me at the time.

    But I haven’t read any fantasy for a long time, and so can’t really apply any critique. It did strike me at the time, and a reason I could never read David Eddings that it was odd that Tolkien via Dungeons and Dragons had been turned into a such a codified genre, so much so that the term “fantasy” which promises something pretty wild and unpredictable in fact has very strict rules about what can be present or not. Nothing is more static, it seems, than the genre figures of the Elf and Dwarf.

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